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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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A Trio Of Veterans Embark On A Road Trip Together In 'Last Flag Flying'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:49pm

Director Richard Linklater salutes the courage of our troops while casting a hard eye at the government machinery that sends them into battle. Justin Chang calls Last Flag Flying an elegiac comedy.

'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:23pm

In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.

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'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:23pm

In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Columnist Lindy West Sees 'Straight Line' From Trolls Who Targeted Her To Trump

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30pm

The New York Times columnist knows what it's like to encounter a barrage of hate from Internet trolls. She says she heard many of their messages repeated by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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Bob Dylan Redeems A Frequently Scorned Period Of His Career On 'Trouble No More'

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30pm

A new nine-disc set chronicles the music Dylan made between 1979 and 1981 during his so-called "born again" period, which saw him turn to evangelical Christianity as a theme.

Columnist Lindy West Sees 'Straight Line' From Trolls Who Targeted Her To Trump

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30pm

The New York Times columnist knows what it's like to encounter a barrage of hate from Internet trolls. She says she heard many of their messages repeated by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

(Image credit: Jenny Jimenez/Courtesy of Hachette )

Bob Dylan Redeems A Frequently Scorned Period Of His Career On 'Trouble No More'

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30pm

A new nine-disc set chronicles the music Dylan made between 1979 and 1981 during his so-called "born again" period, which saw him turn to evangelical Christianity as a theme.

'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:33pm

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.

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'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:33pm

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.

(Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:04pm

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.

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Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:04pm

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.

(Image credit: Christina Ascani)

John Hodgman Reflects On His Mother's Death And White Privilege

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:52pm

Hodgman says, "The biggest privilege of white privilege is the ability to turn off race and pretend that it is not an issue." His new book is called Vacationland.

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John Hodgman Reflects On His Mother's Death And White Privilege

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:52pm

Hodgman says, "The biggest privilege of white privilege is the ability to turn off race and pretend that it is not an issue." His new book is called Vacationland.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Green; 'Her Body and Other Parties'; 'Why We Sleep'

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 8:00am

Green says OCD is like an "invasive weed" inside his mind. Critic John Powers reviews Carmen Maria Machado's new short story collection. Scientist Matthew Walker talks about the importance of sleep.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Green; 'Her Body and Other Parties'; 'Why We Sleep'

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 8:00am

Green says OCD is like an "invasive weed" inside his mind. Critic John Powers reviews Carmen Maria Machado's new short story collection. Scientist Matthew Walker talks about the importance of sleep.

(Image credit: Richard Drew/AP)

'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.

'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.

'The Square' Skillfully Skewers The Pretensions Of The Modern Art World

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

Ruben Östlund's latest film is a satire set at a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Square invites viewers to laugh, empathize and recoil — sometimes all at once.

How 5 Tech Giants Have Become More Like Governments Than Companies

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments.

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